As scouts on the western leg of the Pro Farmer Crop Tour make their way across Nebraska, they're reporting good yields--but maybe not quite as good as what USDA is predicting.
"A couple of fields are seeing some disease pressure, but on a whole, the scenery hasn't changed that much from yesterday's lush, green drive," said Chip Flory, host of Market Rally, in his preliminary report. "It's a pretty consistent crop, although we began to see some variability as we entered Thayer County. But Grand Island to Thayer, it was as consistent as it could be."
In its Aug. 12 Crop Production report, USDA predicted Nebraska would have an average yield of 187 bu. per acre, up 8 bu. from the previous year. The question on whether Nebraska corn will live up to those expectations is regarding the high numbers, and whether they'll be enough to push the average yield over the top, Jarod Creed, risk management expert for Gavilon, explained on Market Rally.
"Our high number so far today is 225, the low is 128," Creed said. "But we'll find out a lot more when we get through southeast Nebraska this afternoon."
"After eight stops in six Nebraska counties, we have an average corn yield of 173.88 bu. per acre," reports AgWeb news and markets editor Alison Rice. "The highs and lows? 214 in Polk County and 136 in Seward County."
"It's been a little fun counting corn in the last five or six stops," says Paul Neiffer, The Farm CPA. He reports an average yield of 185 bu. per acre. "Of course, we are in the garden spot of eastern Nebraska," he adds. For soybeans, Neiffer reports "nothing earth-shattering, but probably a little above average so far."
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